Sweden were cruelly denied qualification for the 2014 World Cup finals, losing a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal, earlier this week.
Here we show why the presence of the undisputed star of the Swedish side, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, may be missed in Brazil.
Ibrahimovic is truly an intriguing character. As a player, he is insanely tall, standing at 1.95 metres.
Moreover, coupled with his height are amazing ball skills, dribbling and shooting abilities.
He is a natural finisher, scoring 280 goals in his career thus far. Plying his trade with Paris Saint-Germain, Ibrahimovic currently stands as the third top scorer in Ligue 1, behind only Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani, having already netted eight goals in 13 games.
Although Ibrahimovic's footballing ability may not come close to that of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, it is his personality that will be most sorely missed.
Ibrahimovic has an arrogant swagger that is very hard to find in other players. His air of superiority merely serves to add an air of excitement to every match he plays. There is no surprise then, that Ibrahimovic is the most expensive player in the world when it comes to collective transfer fees.
Lastly, it is Ibrahimovic's propensity to astound that makes him such an amazing player. His talent, coupled with his willingness to pull the trigger, have seen him find a knack for scoring crazy goals. This is probably hard to describe in words,so lets just let evidence do the talking.
Scroll up to watch Zlatan in action.
Pity, then, that there will be no late show with Ibrahimovic come June next year.
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